Apparently that was not a spelling error on the editor's part. Abbreviated for climate fiction, cli-fi genre books explore ideas and potential outcomes of Earth's climate change.
This kind of premise can be similarly seen in the closely related science fiction genre, as anticipated technology of the future, alternative environments, and apocalyptic settings of cli-fi books all fall under sci-fi criteria (think Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood).
Cli-Fi aka climate fiction focuses on man made global warming issues, and what I find most interesting is the growing number of cli-fi works in recent years. Just type 'climate fiction' in Amazon's search bar.
Cli-fi has even reached the big screen, with upcoming films such as Geostorm, so I wonder if the rising emergence of this genre comes from the record breaking natural disasters in the past decade, or
Donald Trump's actions against climate change, such as withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord. Perhaps the recent news of increased temperatures or bee populations scares viewers and the only way to channel these fears is through fiction to distract from the unsettling reality.
But why not leave these fears to the scientists and researchers? What kind of voice can cli-fi literature provide?
I think cli-fi couldn't have been popular at a better time.
Literature inspires fresh thought, new voices, and motivation to take action, and the voices of the young have never been more visible than they have now with the outlet of social media.
We know that literature provides a route for escapism, but in cli-fi the stories are rooted in just enough contemporary reality for readers to connect the events that are happening in their book to the real world.
As Sarah Stankorb from The Daily Good puts it, fiction literature can "make the unthinkable more proximate, or even intimate."
Cli-fi literature provides us with guidance to ideas that we can hold close to us, nurture, and send out into our world in the hopes that someone else believes in those ideas that will make a positive change in the world.